Understanding the skills and worldviews embodied in environmental planning is increasingly important for informed and empowered citizenship as well as for responsible professional work. I bring perspectives to teaching at HSU from professional practice at local, state, and federal levels, and from community action and organizing in the US and in Southeast Asia.
I have taught planning and planning-related courses in Virginia Tech and in several HSU programs, and maintain research and NGO programs in northern California and Southeast Asia. I have served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Arcata since 2007. I was Coordinator/Director of The Borneo Project (2007-2010), an organization that supports Borneo community initiatives for sustainable livelihoods and rainforest conservation.
My research and community action work draws on political ecology principles, focusing on sustainable community resource management, including indigenous and industrial agroforestry systems and community resilience strategies.